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What are some tips for managing screen time and technology use for children while being a stay-at-home parent?

Hi everyone,

As a stay-at-home mom, I often find myself struggling to manage my children's screen time and technology use. With online schooling and limited extracurricular activities due to the pandemic, it seems like my kids are constantly attached to their devices. I worry about the negative effects this might have on their development and social skills.

I am hoping to get some tips and advice from other parents who have been in a similar situation. How have you managed your children's screen time and technology use while being a stay-at-home parent? What strategies have worked for you? I would really appreciate any insight or advice on this topic. Thank you!

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xyost

Hi there,

As a stay-at-home mom to two young boys, managing screen time and technology use has been a constant challenge in our household. One strategy that has worked well for us is setting a schedule for device use. We have designated times during the day where the boys are allowed to use their tablets for educational games or watch a show. Outside of these times, we encourage them to engage in other activities such as playing outside or reading books.

Another tip that has worked for us is setting boundaries around where devices can be used. We have a rule that devices are only allowed in common areas of the house, such as the living room or kitchen. This allows us to monitor their usage and make sure they are staying safe online.

Overall, finding a balance between technology use and other activities has been key for us. It's important to remember that some screen time is okay, but it's important to encourage other forms of play and socialization as well.

kaitlyn.lemke

Hello everyone,

As someone who juggles my work as a freelance writer with being a stay-at-home parent to two young toddlers, managing screen time and technology use has undoubtedly been a challenge. However, one thing that has really worked for us is scheduling dedicated screen-free time each day. This means that we put away devices for a certain period of time and engage in other activities that we enjoy as a family.

Another thing that we've found helpful is setting an example in our own technology usage. We try to limit the amount of time we spend on our devices in front of our children, and we also prioritize spending time outdoors or doing other screen-free activities together.

We also take a proactive approach to the content our children are exposed to on screens by setting up parental controls and using kid-friendly apps and websites. We also have regular conversations with our children about responsible online behavior and the potential risks associated with excessive screen time.

Lastly, we try to reinforce the benefits of a healthy balance between screen time and other activities. This includes encouraging our children to engage in sports, arts and crafts, reading books, and other hobbies that allow for creativity and imagination.

I know from personal experience that finding the right balance can be difficult, but I'm hopeful that by using a combination of these strategies, we'll be able to continue to foster a healthy and enjoyable relationship with technology as a family.

yasmin59

Hello,

As a stay-at-home dad to a toddler, managing screen time and technology use has been a real struggle in our household. However, I have found that creating a routine around screen time has really helped us. We have designated specific times during the day when we allow our little one to use an educational app on our iPad or watch a show on TV.

Another thing that works for us is being actively involved in our child's screen time. We sit with her and watch the shows together or guide her through the educational apps. This not only allows us to monitor her use, but it also helps us bond as a family. We also set parental controls to ensure that our child only has access to age-appropriate content online.

Lastly, we have made an effort to introduce our child to other hobbies and activities that don't involve screens. We regularly take her to the park, paint and draw with her, and encourage imaginative playtime. Allowing our child to explore different activities helps keep her stimulated and interested in other things besides screen time.

Finding the right balance between screen time and other activities has been a parenting challenge, but I think we are making progress.

moises22

Hi there,

As a stay-at-home parent to two children aged 8 and 10, managing screen time and technology use has been a major concern for us. One tip we've found helpful is to restrict screen time during mealtimes and rest times. We also make a point to ensure that all gadget-related activities are completed during the day so that our children can wind down with screen-free activities before bedtime.

We've also tried to encourage outdoor activities as much as possible. We've created a small garden that the children can care for, and we've also taken up cycling as a family. Trails and cycling lanes have provided opportunities for us to get some exercise and break away from the screens.

We've set up a reward system to motivate our children to stay within the screen time limits. For every hour spent doing activities that don't involve screen time, they get an extra half-hour of screen time the following day.

The most important thing, in our opinion is to have regular conversations with your children about screen time and how it affects them. We have tried to educate them on the consequences of excessive screen time so they can better understand the why behind the rules we set.

Overall, finding balance is key, and communication is vital in ensuring that everyone is on the same page when it comes to screen time usage.

mueller.celia

Hi everyone,

As a stay-at-home parent of a child with special needs, managing screen time and technology use has presented some unique challenges. However, we've found that creating a schedule and sticking to it has been extremely helpful. We have designated times for device use, and we also try to combine screen time with other activities that promote learning and socialization.

One thing that has worked well for us is finding educational apps that cater to our child's specific needs. These apps not only provide valuable learning opportunities but also engage our child in other ways besides simply staring at a screen.

Another tip that has worked for us is involving our child's therapists and other healthcare professionals in the process. They are often able to recommend specific apps or other technology that can be helpful for our child's developmental needs.

Overall, we've found that finding a balance between screen time and other activities is key. We try to incorporate socialization and physical activity into our day as much as possible. This includes trips to the park, art classes, and gymnastics. We also try to make sure there is time set aside for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, which typically means less screen time in the evenings.

I hope these tips are helpful for anyone else out there struggling to manage screen time and technology use with a child with special needs. It can be challenging, but with the right strategies and approach, it's definitely possible.

heathcote.emiliano

Hello everyone,

As a stay-at-home parent to a young child with a lot of energy, managing screen time and technology use has been a big concern for us. One strategy we've found helpful is to encourage and facilitate physical activity as a non-tech way to keep our child engaged in fun and healthy pursuits. We have a small trampoline in our backyard and we also try to visit the park as often as possible.

We also set up a reward system for healthy and productive screen time habits. Our child needs to complete certain tasks, such as homework or chores, before they can have screen time. Then, we track their screen time use and reward them at the end of the week with extra playtime, activity classes, or a fun family outing.

Another thing that has worked for us is to set time aside for tech use and to monitor what our child is doing on their devices. We use parental controls and have guidelines around which games and websites are appropriate for our child's age. We also try to keep our child's screen time limited to specific portions of the day, such as during quiet time when our child needs a break from more active pursuits.

Lastly, we encourage a balance of activities and socialization. Our child loves to spend time with other kids and we try to arrange play dates and other group activities. When our child is engaged in activities outside of the home, they are less likely to want to spend all their free time in front of a screen.

Overall, it's all about finding a balance that works for your family and being consistent in setting boundaries and expectations around screen time use.

crona.dustin

Hello everyone,

As a stay-at-home parent to a young child, managing screen time and technology use has been something that has taken some trial and error to get right. One thing that has worked well for us is having a variety of other activities readily available that my child enjoys doing in their free time. These include things like colouring books, puzzles, and board games.

We've also found it important to have clear rules and guidelines in place around when and how long screen time is allowed. For us, routine has been key. Our child knows they're allowed to watch one show or play one video game in the morning, and one in the afternoon. After that, it's time to switch off and find something else to do.

Finally, we've made an effort to be active participants in our child's screen time. We play video games together and watch shows as a family. Not only does this give us a chance to bond over shared interests, but it also allows us to monitor our child's screen time and ensure they're not spending too much time on screens in general.

Overall, I think it's important to find a balance that works for your family, and be willing to be flexible and make adjustments as needed. It's not always easy, but with some patience and effort, it's definitely doable!

gerhard.blanda

Hey everyone,

As a stay-at-home parent of a teenager, I definitely understand the challenges of managing screen time and technology use. One thing that has really worked well for us is setting clear expectations and boundaries around technology use. We have specific times when our teenager is allowed to use their phone or computer and when they are not.

To complement this, we also encourage our teen to participate in other activities outside of using technology. For example, we enroll them in after-school programs and encourage them to read books, write in a journal, or play an instrument. This helps them avoid becoming too reliant on screens as a source of entertainment.

Another thing we've found helpful is modeling good technology usage ourselves. We try to avoid using our own devices too much when our teenager is around, and we make an effort to spend quality time together as a family that doesn't involve screens.

Lastly, we acknowledge that our teenager is growing and developing their own interests, so we make an effort to monitor their technology usage in a supportive and non-invasive manner. Sometimes we watch over their shoulder while they're using their phone or computer to ensure that they're not accessing inappropriate content, while other times we simply have conversations with them about what they're interested in and how they're spending their time online.

Overall, it's all about finding that balance and being aware of the potential consequences of excess screen time. Communication is key, and it often takes a combination of different strategies to maintain a healthy relationship with technology.

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